"Roll the indicated die type ... This is the Base Number. Roll that die again. If the new roll is less than the Base Number, then roll an appendage on the following table. Roll again and keep adding appendages until a new roll greater than, or equal to, the previous roll is made."
By previous roll you mean the Base Number? If that's the case please use that term. This is specifically one of the areas where I found the Summon description to be confusing in the original version. The text uses non specific or vague terminology and overall the new text of the spell is better this could be clearer.
"Roll the indicated die type ... This is the Base Number. Roll that die again. If the new roll is less than the Base Number, then roll an appendage on the following table. Continue rolling and adding appendages until a new roll greater than, or equal to, the Base Number is made."
I'm glad to see a rule for when the Domination Rolls tie, but I don't care for what you've chosen. The clear intent of the new rule is to increase the odds of a domination win for the summoned entity on ties. A tie is really a loss now, most of the time. In cases where the casters level and entity's HD + # of powers are equal: 2/5's of the d20 rolls are an uncontested entity win and nearly 3/5's of the d20 rolls offer a chance of entity success.
Summon is the most dangerous spell in LOTFP, the only way to near-ensure success is to make massive financial and/or sanguine preparations prior to casting. Perhaps this tie rule merely emphasizes that but I'd rather not see all the player's preparatory effort thrown away by a single unlucky roll.
On a tie, I'd rather see each side continue to make domination rolls, retaining all bonuses, until a victor is determined. The caster and entity could be barred from taking other actions until the contest was decided, one domination roll per round. If the caster takes any actions to break his concentration or either take damage then the entity is free to rampage for dx rounds. This seems fair to me and narratively interesting.
Last edited by Glipkerio (2012-12-28 20:31:39)